It has been confirmed that Victor Valdes will leave Barcelona – the club he has played for since the start of his career – at the end of the season. He has been widely rumoured to join the likes of PSG and Monaco, while recent interest from Manchester City has also increased.
Previously, it was thought that he would be heading to Bayern Munich for a potential reunion with Pep Guardiola, but it now appears that such a move may not happen after all. Barcelona are already on the lookout for a top goalkeeper in order to replace Valdes at the end of the season.
Even though he has announced that he will leave the club, Valdes has not spoken about his future destination. He is now free to sign a pre-contract agreement with clubs since he has less than six months left on his contract, but he has chosen to remain tight-lipped about his future. The 31-year-old has been playing for the Barcelona first-team for the last 11 years. Despite being a first-team regular at club level, he has found it hard to dislodge Iker Casillas at international level. Still, he would be proud of his career after having lifted all the major titles at club and international level.
"The time is coming to start to look at things, but I haven't decided anything yet. For me the most important thing is to respect Barca right to the end. I won't make anything public during the season that may have a negative influence. What's important is that the team wins and we win the titles that we are hoping for. I really hope that the club finds the best way to sign the best goalkeeper for Barca," said Valdes.
The 31-year-old has been committing the occasional mistakes, which have now gone out of his game.